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A goal that I have for myself for 2023 is to spend more time reading. I have always loved to read, and when I commit to a book, and it is good, I am fully there, present in it, until it is complete. I love what reading does to my mind. And I love how reading a book can inspire me and empower me to dream an even bigger dream. While, nothing can stop me when I am completely absorbed in a good thriller novel, I do love to feel encouraged through books sharing wisdom and encouragement. That is my hope right here. To share with you the 12 books that I have on my list to read in 2023. 12 books that are full of inspiration and encouragement to live the life desired in 2023.
The opportunities to read a good book are endless. I hope that you can use this list to find a book or two to add to your own personal reading list for 2023. That through this list you can find a read to encourage you and empower you to become the person you truly desire to be. So what do you say, want to spend less time mindlessly scrolling our phones and more time reading this year. Let’s do it! 12 books to read in 2023.
This has been on my list for the last couple of years. I am so eager to get my hands on this (it currently is in my husband’s library in his office in the basement. I have been waiting and waiting to read this one. And I think the delay has been I know my entire world is going to flip once I read about Atomic Habits. Therefore, I am going to start off 2023 with Atomic Habits on my reading list.
Another book that has been sitting on my bookshelf, the Magic of Motherhood by Ashlee Gadd. This read simply looks encouraging. I am excited to read this and be encouraged to find more peace and moments of present while mothering this year! If you would also love to be encouraged in motherhood, definitely add Magic of Motherhood to your 2023 reading list.
Third on the list of books to read in 2023 is Good Boundaries and Goodbyes by Lysa Terkeurst. This one is a little different for the list as it specifically deals with establishing healthy boundaries in relationships and offers spiritual wisdom to protect your heart in the many different relationships of life. As someone who always desires to honor and respect my relationships. From relationships with my husband, to our family, and friends, there are so many nuggets of wisdom to learn about how to establish healthy boundaries. Definitely will be adding Good Boundaries and Goodbyes to my reading list in 2023.
Next on the list of books to read is Undistracted by Bob Goff. Goff, author of Love Does and Everybody, Always. Undistracted seems to be the read everyone can benefit from reading in 2023. Goff shares about all the many distractions we are faced with daily, and encourages you to be more attentive and to focus on finding the joy in your everyday life. As joyful living is something I stand strongly for, this is another read that will make my 2023 reading list!
If you are looking for an encouraging read this year then definitely add I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet by Shauna Niequist. A read that serves as a reminder to you that hope can still be found, despite all the many hurdles and chaos of life. If you are looking for any level of encouragement and heart tug this year, add this latest release by Shauna Niequist to your 2023 reading list.
Okay, next on the list is Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and it looks absolutely fantastic. If you have any desire to dream big and learn more about the passions of your heart, then read Big Magic this year. This book will inspire you and draw up additional dreams as it truly serves as an endless inspiration for abounding creativity. Let your heart be encouraged and your soul revived through reading Big Magic this year.
Another book on the 2023 reading list is Dare to Lead by Brene Brown. This masterpiece by the legendary Brene Brown is going to revolutionize your year and how you view yourself in life. Dare to Lead is all about encouraging and refining the very mentality of leadership. This book will surely encourage you in your walk in life this year.
One more book to add to your 2023 reading list is Jennie Allen’s Get Out of Your Head. If you are looking to gain better control of your thoughts and live more purposefully in freedom, then be sure to read this in 2023. Get Out of Your Head focuses on shifting your mindset, getting rid of negative thoughts, and taking back the power of your life through how you think. Be sure to add Get Out of Your Head to your 2023 reading list.
Next on our 2023 reading list is Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist. Okay, this one is an oldie as it was published in 2010. In fact, I remember taking this book with me on a summer beach trip a few years after that. Now, the reality is I always bring eight plus books with me on any given beach vacation, so of course, this is one that actually has not been read yet. Which is why I thought it would be a perfect addition to read in 2023. The cover simply says, “celebrating the extraordinary nature of everyday life” and that statement alone is something that resonates so deeply to my core every single day! And it is for that reason Cold Tangerines is on my 2023 reading list.
I am always wanting to improve and learn on ways to be a better parent. I want my quality time spent with my son to be intentional. Additionally, I want my son to know just how much I love him and how I am here for him unconditionally. Another book added to my 2023 reading list is Loving Our Kids on Purpose by Danny Silk.
Another great addition to your 2023 reading list is Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life by Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar. Now, if you are someone who desires to find ways to maximize your productivity and make the most of every single day then this book is for you. Dr. Kshirsagar talks all about circadian rhythms and how understanding these rhythms is essential to living our best lives! I believe there is so much wisdom in store in Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life. This would make another incredible read for 2023.
Finally, last on the list of 12 encouraging and inspiring books to read in 2023 is Burning Bright by Kelsey J. Patel. This has been on my list since last summer to read as it shares techniques on how to revolutionize your own self-care routines in order to get your body, emotions, and complete health and wellness operating in total alignment. The reviews share how Burning Bright passes along wisdom, encouragement, and tools to change thought patterns to find freedom in daily living. I am here for all of this and cannot wait to see what happens to my own thoughts and mind after I read Burning Bright this year!
Excited for you to take this 2023 reading list and to find a new book or two to read and feel encouraged this year. Seriously, believing that this year will be full of all the things and so much joy for you! Have you read one of the books on the list above? I would love to hear what you think in comments! What is on YOUR 2023 reading list? You are going to have an amazing new year and I cannot wait to continue to cheer you on in the process. Believing in you every single day! Wishing you the best day!